MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (16)

This subject explores current issues in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and its future development, including industrial and ethical issues and the need for a professional body. Other areas covered include competency development, evidence based practice, employment trends and workplace practices. It also identifies the professional issues confronting mental health workers, stress and burnout and personal stress management plan, being a member of the multi-disciplinary team and utilising professional and personal resources. The subject also requires students in collaboration to prepare and conduct a conference to professional colleagues. Holistic health encompasses spirituality as well as the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the individual and community. This subject has a Residential School.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP302. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to ethically relate to mental health issues within various cultures in communities
  • be able to identify and discuss current issues in the field of mental health that influence professional practice globally;
  • be able to apply and evaluate evidence for best practice in mental health and project potential workplace reforms;
  • be able to discuss future developments and directions in Aboriginal mental health;
  • be able to differentiate between professional practices and examine roles within the multidisciplinary team;
  • be able to identify and plan for professional issues impacting on mental health workers;
  • be able to examine own strengths, skills and achievements as they relate to the mental health profession;
  • be able to identify warning signs of stress and burnout and discuss a personal stress management plan;
  • be able to identify and plan for professional issues impacting on mental health workers; (need for clinical supervision_
  • be able to select and utilise appropriate resources relevant to professional practice;
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to prepare and conduct an oral presentation to an audience of peers and community members in a professional manner.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Mental health profession
  • Module 2: Looking after yourself as a professional
  • Module 3: Professional development leading to evidence based practice
  • Module 4: Presentation Skills
  • Module 5: Planning, Conducting and evaluating a conference

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MHP302 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Residential school attendance
Professional burnout briefing paper
Written reflection
Professional tool kit

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.66 day Compulsory Residential School.

The students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program are supported in their study endeavours through DEEWR funding under Away from Base to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60). The following breakdown covers the number of days per subject per session/year to ensure that students are able to continue to be supported in their academic pursuits under the current funding agreement with the Indigenous Student Services (Ngungilanna).

Third Year
Session One                Session Two
MHP311 - 2 days          MHP311 - 2 days
MHP301 - 2.66 days     MHP301 - 2.66 days
MHP302 - 2.66 days     MHP302 - 2.66 days
MHP312 - 2.66 days     MHP313 - 2.66 days
Total 10 days               Total 10 days

Across session 30 and 60 a total of 20 days, this meets the requirements for student support to attend residential schools from ISS.

Special Resources

This subject has a residential school.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.